Brendan King

Upon the Buttock of the Beast

Antichrist in Seventeenth Century England

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The word Antichrist has become inextricably linked with the excesses of cranks and extremists. One thinks of Aleister Crowley, the self-styled Beast 666, or Ian Paisley waving his cardboard ‘Antichrist’ banner under the Pope’s nose. Historians, too, have tended to equate the Antichrist with the lunatic fringe, implying that his influence was confined to a few radical sects.

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